The holiday season hasn’t even finished, and already we have leaks out of China (via Facebook) featuring a new Rival line. It’s the Edge series, featuring a neon green paint scheme and aimed at target practice, as opposed to just team battles.
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It’s been an interesting time here writing for Blasterhub, but it’s also been somewhat of a lonely time. People go in and out of the hobby, or just go on pause because life happens. As of recent, I’ve been the sole writer on the website. As of now, however, I’m also the owner.
I’m still planning on doing reviews, testing darts, and hopefully getting some outside reviews and opinions on matters relating to all sorts of tagging sports. And I’ll be reporting from Toy Fair this February. It just will no longer be as a contributor.
As is usual, a few blasters are released at the tail end of the holiday season without much fanfare. Compared to rereleases like the Modulus Longstrike and flagships like the Prometheus, the Rukkus ICS-8 isn’t a blaster that will receive much fanfare. It’s a large, quirky pistol that, for $20, really doesn’t do anything special, especially when blaster like the Buzz Bee Jaguar or the Dart Zone Havoc Powerclip have done more in a smaller package for less than half the cost.
One of the best surprises of 2018 is a blaster that didn’t get officially released until December 1. Sold under Walmart’s Adventure Force line, the Double Trouble is a semi-auto blaster that feeds from two rotating drums. $20 gets you a blaster with a twenty dart capacity, reliable firing, and far above average stock velocities. As usual, Prime Time Toys seems to be doing something right with their electric blasters.
Buzz Bee has, in recent years, managed to recycle many designs with upgraded internals in order to keep up with blaster range trends. With many blasters, they now claim (with their long distance darts) up to 100ft ranges. In the case of the Reaper, Buzz Bee has taken a fan favorite for comfort and boosted the ranges. It’s large for a pistol, and still retains some compatibility issues, but it’s comfortable and easy to use, making for a pleasant blaster update. If you can find one,
Another year, another blaster remake. In this case, Hasbro has repainted the Dart Tag Stormfire / Zombie Strike Clear Shot, released in blue, and included a red dot sight attachment. It’s a good looking blaster, with a nice attachment, but with pitiful performance for a modern blaster. Unless you’re set on getting the attachment or trying to improve the blaster, it’s one you can avoid.
In the grand tradition of rereleasing blasters in a new color palette, Hasbro has decided to bring back the Rapidstrike in orange. A Walmart exclusive, the Stratohawk is billed as the first electronic Accustrike blaster. Aside from the paint scheme and the darts, however, nothing about the blaster has really changed. And that’s a good thing!